Roedown News

Winter: The ground is still cold but wet on the surface.  Winter paddocks look good and conditions remain excellent for riding out though the going should be assessed as close to ride out time as possible.  This freeze should help in subduing the high incidence of Foxtail (Setaria species) we had last year.

Roedown Horse Boarding: The horses remain out but come in if the wind chill is 0 C or the heat index rises above 90 deg. The herds come in twice each day to the main stable blocks for feeding.  Daily assessments are made of health and well being. Detailed records are kept of individual horse weights and these are used to inform feed. All the farrier and veterinarian needs are met as usual. Availability: Stalls are currently available for Mares and Geldings for full boarding. Email for more info.

Roedown Research R2: We are heading towards spring. We have completed the Agricultural Survey for USDA. Research at the moment is on the impacts of the new Tax Plan to activities at Roedown. The 16ft windmill is working well and generating bubbles in the farm pond for the fish even while there has been ice. We still see the reliability of farm machinery as a weakness even with all the work to reduce risk and improve resilience. We continue trying to work through changing statements and policy positions of the Trump administration on sustainable practices, farming, rural livelihoods, the environment, science and education and climate change. Their approach continue to be insufficiently informed causing backsliding and strong headwinds on the critical progress we’ve made in recent years on climate change adaptation and many other vital issues. This is inexcusable given the reports coming from their own staff scientists.

Activities for Week  12 Mar:

It is greening up and we continue to clear up after the wind storm last week. We had fencing knocked over and the pool house flattened.  The Mares are in Boarding paddock. One gelding herd is in the Forge paddock and the other into the Solar paddock. The mixed herd in the Family paddock has rotated to the east side.  Two year old ewes remain in a separate  paddock for another week until lambing time when we will move them to the Sheep barn. The two lambs and Boer goats are in the new paddock on the Race Course. The nanny and her kid are thriving.

The sand and grass arenas are wet and soft so please wait to ride until they have dried. Jumps rails and boards are set up in the grass arena. The confidence course is open and is next to the sand arena.

A reminder to all Boarders to please have up-to-date signed waivers. The forms are in the Boarding Barn and can be handed to Channa. Please drive vehicles only on the tracks and avoid weaving around pot holes since it causes them to enlarge. We put the blade on the tracks when needed. Please keep dogs on a lead and clear-up after them. Please keep horses off the banks where flowers have been planted.

With the on-going EHV-1 occurrences on the east coast, please be aware of moving between farms and take appropriate measures. Please keep us informed if you are taking your horse off to ride elsewhere.

Roedown Research R2:

  • Experimental plots on the farm
  • Practical expertise on implementing a range of climate change adaptation strategies
  • On- and off-site evaluations
  • Off-site presentations and consultancy
  • Design of data collection in challenging, extreme and hostile environments.


  • We are accepting applications for intern positions at Roedown. Email for more info.